By Maggie C.
As most of you have probably noticed, the now infamous ban of “grinding” at the DHS Nightclub has been joined in the Duxbury High School Student Handbook by yet another “explicit” dance move known as “twerking.”
I am hoping that at this point most of you already know what twerking entails, but if you don’t, go home and look up Miley Cyrus’ interpretation of the dance in either her “We Can’t Stop” music video, or in her VMA performance.
Now that you know what most people knew months ago, you can wonder along with me why it was necessary to put that in the DUXBURY HIGH SCHOOL handbook.
I can openly say I have never seen anyone twerk at a school dance. Grinding, yeah, but that’s a completely different story. Everyone has tried to navigate through the crowd of twos (maybe even threes) dancing, not always in sync. It takes about 20 minutes to get about a foot. I will say though that the grinding “problem” we have here is definitely not as bad as that video that the administration made our parents watch before prom this past year makes it seem. If you have not seen that one, go home and search:
Back on topic though, no, I have never seen it, and I have been to plenty of dances, and seen plenty of things, but I have never seen anyone actually twerking.
Other than prom, do they actually think that anyone plans on going to any school dances this year? Especially with the homecoming dance this year being semi-formal, and on a Friday night, the night before every fall sport has a game, you can count on at least 25% of the students (by my own estimation) being absent from the event due to team rules and curfews.
I’m sure that there is another large group who will not be in attendance just because they do not want to dress nice. Mainly the boys because the nightclub gets extremely hot, but there are also all of the kids who never actually go to dances anyways. I honestly do not even know if the freshman will go this year, which was never a question in previous years, most likely because [the freshman] would like to become accustomed to high school dance life before Snowball.
With homecoming making the transition from casual to semi-formal, every single one of the school affiliated dances is now either semi-formal or formal. You can bet on it that they made it [semi-formal] because they don’t want the girls, or boys, I suppose, twerking. Not that anyone would.
To be honest though, I don’t think that wearing a nice dress and heels, would sway a girl from twerking regardless of where she was, if she really wanted to [twerk]. For boys, it does not make much of a difference, as they are actually wearing more clothes than they probably would to a regular dance.
Even if students were twerking, who cares? Honestly just let them do their own thing. You do not know what is going on in their life. Maybe the only way for them to feel at whole is by twerking. Freedom of self expression does exist ya know, and if that’s how they want to do it, so be it; everybody’s different.
Do not get me wrong, as I completely understand where the administration is coming from. Obviously, they and the rest of the teachers do not want to be surrounded by sweaty, hormone packed teenagers bumping and grinding. And honestly, I’m not looking to surround them with that, but they signed up for dance duty, so when duty calls, you kind of got to answer. I can only imagine how horrified they would be if they saw the sweet, innocent students who barely talk in their classes, wall twerking. It’s actually kind of funny to think about.
There is truly no reason for them to put no twerk-dancing in the handbook. In all seriousness though, we are a pretty classy group of kids who just want to have fun sometimes, and the only way to do so now that we basically can not even touch someone of the opposite sex is to go to raves and other non-school affiliated events. I am 100% sure that there are schools that are having much worse go on at their social events. Dux knows how to keep the C-L- in class, and that pun was intended. (Read class without C-L if you don’t get it).
These new rules are driving all of the students away from school activities, and that gives us a lot more time to do as we please which could lead to much more destructive decisions than grinding or twerking at a high school dance.
To be honest, I don’t really have an opinion on twerking at a dance. I know for a fact that I would not, at any point wall twerk in front of anyone who works at this school, but I don’t see what the big deal is if someone wants to shake their butt a little bit while they’re right side up.
Now that I think about it, getting rid of grinding, and twerking, I guess, can lead to kids being excluded. Girls can be exclusive, and they form circles where they dance (or jump around) and let absolutely no one in. It gets pretty awkward for those outside of the circle, and it looks pretty awkward too.
It’s time that the school figures out what is and is not important. Bringing back full sized cookies (even though I can’t even eat them because I’m allergic to gluten) and putting AC in the new school should be up there. Letting us sit by grade at BOTH of the pep-rally’s this year and maybe telling teachers to cut back on the homework load a little bit should also be of importance. The way we dance is not relevant and should not matter to them.
I truly wish that people were still willing to go to dances even with the rules as they are now. I also wish that the administration would be willing to make a compromise and maybe bend the rules a little bit. I am not going after anyone in this article, I just hate to see what used to be the best part of high school (in my opinion) falling apart.
I am very interested to see how homecoming pans out on October 11th, but until then, stay classy Duxbury High School.